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Look Inside This Mid-Century Marvel for Sale in a Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Neighborhood

published Apr 21, 2020
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Credit: Houlihan Lawrence

The details

  • Address: 6 Usonia Rd, Pleasantville, N.Y.
  • Price: $810,000
  • Size: 1,856 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Why we have a crush on this property

In the 1940s, a group of young couples from New York City purchased a tract of land in New York’s Westchester County with the goal of building an ideal neighborhood. They tapped architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices to design this neighborhood, which would be comprised of almost 50 modern homes.

”I think there was a great surge of idealism after the war, which gave us a freedom to do what we wanted to do,” Aaron Resnick, one of Wright’s apprentices, told the New York Times in 1981. ”We were united on several concepts: we wanted natural or organic houses, we wanted a sense of community spirit and we needed homes that could be built inexpensively. And, of course, we were all admirers of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.”

The development, called Usonia, was named after a term Wright coined to describe one-story homes intended for modest living. Wright’s Usonian designs, which he commissioned across the country, were meant to blend into the landscape. He described them as “always hungry for ground, lives by it, becoming an integral feature of it.”

Now, one of the houses in Westchester’s Usonia is on the market—and it’s a mid-century modern marvel.

Credit: Houlihan Lawrence

Perched atop a hill in a leafy corner of Pleasantville, this specimen was created by Wright apprentice David Henken in 1950. It’s built into the landscape, offering verdant views over its hilltop from floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The home’s position on the hillside creates the feeling that you are living high up in the trees, far above the forest floor,” says Amy F. Via, the home’s listing agent with Houlihan Lawrence.

Inside, beamed ceilings and white epoxy floors make the place feel fresh and bright. It’s all clean lines and neat angles, with a galley kitchen that opens in to a dining area and fireplaced living room. Doors from the home’s bedrooms open to a sizable wraparound deck, further connecting the indoors with the outdoors.

This extra special spot is listed for $810,000.

Credit: Houlihan Lawrence
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